An autopsy case of a pregnant woman with severe placental and fetal damage from domestic violence

Yoshimasa Kanawaku, Shirushi Takahashi, Jun Kanetake, Masato Funayama

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Abstract

We present an autopsy case of a pregnant woman who was a victim of domestic violence. The deceased showed injuries mainly to her head and abdomen. Postmortem examination revealed 1400 mL of abdominal hemorrhage, ablation of the perimetrium, placental avulsion, and intracranial hematoma. The cause of death was diagnosed as hemorrhagic shock. The uterus contained a fetus of 7 months' gestational age. Fetal autopsy revealed laceration of the lungs, laceration and avulsion of the liver, and 15 mL of hemoperitoneum. Both placental and fetal injuries suggested repeated severe attacks to the abdomen, such as those expected to result from kicking or hitting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-126
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 29

Keywords

  • domestic violence
  • fetal death
  • maternal death
  • placental avulsion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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